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Scientific Name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

Habitat: riverbanks, lakes, streams

Diet: grasses, aquatic vegetation, tree bark, grains

Life span: 8-10 years (12 years in captivity)

Young: 2-8 young

Size: 45.5 kg (100 lbs)

Capybaras are the world’s largest rodents and live in groups of 10-20 animals.

They dive into the water for safety from their enemies.

They communicate with each other through barks, whistles and grunts. The bump on their nose releases a scent that biologists believe is used for marking territory or communication.

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Capybara on Animal Diversity Web


Range: South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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